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Become an Adult Mental Health First Aider

Train as a Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider®) and receive three years of certification, plus access to ongoing benefits.   

This course is ideal for individuals who would like to become an MHFAider® to gain the knowledge and skills to spot signs of people experiencing poor mental health, be confident to start a conversation and signpost a person to appropriate support.​ 

In addition to the course, you will become part of the largest MHFAider® community in England, gaining access to resources, ongoing learning and 24/7 digital support through our MHFAider Support App®, to give you the tools and knowledge you need to carry out the role effectively and confidently, whether that be in your workplace, a volunteer role, or in the community.

Course outcomes 

As an MHFAider® you will be able to: 
Recognise those that may be experiencing poor mental health and provide them with first-level support and early intervention 
Encourage a person to identify and access sources of professional help and other supports 
Practise active listening and empathy 
Have a conversation with improved mental health literacy around language and stigma 
Discuss the MHFAider® role in depth, including boundaries and confidentiality 
Practise self-care 
Know how to use the MHFAider Support App® 
Know how to access a dedicated text service provided by Shout and ongoing learning opportunities with MHFA England  

Online or face-to-face course structured across four flexible sessions. Each session is a maximum of 3hrs 45mins and sessions can be delivered within a two week period.  
Learners will be trained over four live sessions with an MHFA England Instructor Member, covering 14 hours of content in total.​ 
Learning takes place through a mix of instructor led training, group discussions, individual and group activities. 
Each session builds on the previous, enabling the learner to gain confidence in supporting others with a Mental Health First Aid action plan. 
We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that instructors can keep people safe and supported while they learn. 
We strive for all of our learning content to be as accessible and inclusive as possible. 

Everyone who completes this course gets: 
A hard copy workbook to support their learning throughout the course 
A digital manual to refer to whenever they need it​ after completing the course 
A wallet-sized reference card with the Mental Health First Aid action plan​ 
A digital MHFAider® certificate  
Access to the MHFAider Support App® for three years 
Access to ongoing learning opportunities, resources and exclusive events ​ 
The opportunity to be part of the largest MHFAider® community in England 
Becoming a qualified MHFAider®


RSPH Level 3 Award in Mental Health First Aid

Once you complete the Mental Health First Aid course, you can test your knowledge and build your confidence in your role as an MHFAider® with the internationally recognised MHFAider® qualification, RSPH Level 3 Award in Mental Health First Aid.

To find out more about the qualification head to

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